Lake Emma and Lake Roundabout are two small lakes located beside each other, approximately 5km from Hakatere Corner. They are not easily seen from the Hakatere Potts Road and can be missed by people heading towards Lake Clearwater and beyond.
A 1km track to Lake Emma (suitable for four-wheel-drive vehicles, mountain bikes or by foot) starts from a well signposted gate on the left hand side of the road heading towards Lake Clearwater.
The two-room historic hut at Lake Emma, with its tack shed and verandah, was built between the late 1860s and 1890. It sits by the lake shore and is a lovely spot for a breather or lunch. (overnight stays are not allowed)
Anglers are unlikely to be crowded out with anyone else in the vicinity. Brown and rainbow trout are present in reasonable numbers.
These lakes are part of the Ashburton Lakes, a group of lakes located in the Hakatere Conservation Park including Lake Clearwater, Lake Camp, Lake Heron, Lake Emma, Lake Emily, Lake Denny, Lake Roundabout, Spider Lakes, and the Maori Lakes. Most of the lakes are easily accessed by gravel roads (from Hakatere Corner), however there are some that can only be accessed on foot or with a 4WD vehicle. The lakes are quite shallow which means they are warm in summer and often freeze over in winter. Fishing using starts on the 1st November and closes on 30th April.
This spectacular Canterbury high country is also a fantastic destination for non-water orientated activities including mountain biking, photography, hunting, hiking, tramping, walking, and bird-watching.